There are so many things that are going on concurrently, simultaneously and instantly. Oft times lately, it feels that we are in the eye of the storm, waiting for it to pass before we do something or anything for that matter. However, it is there, where we need to be doing something. That something does not consist of attempting to alter the course of the storm, but to Grow through the storm by embracing what it is offering, whether or not its initial solicitation was ever requested. What we have before us is a unique opportunity to do what we have never done before, become who we have never been before and go where we have never gone before. It is in the storms of "Life" where we find the true makeup of our character, our internal resolve, our creative brilliance, our innate strength (through Jesus Christ), our method of speech, our enhanced vocabulary, our sense of determination, our unspeakable level of motivation, our inherent sense of who and what we really are. Most importantly, in the eye of the storm, we come to the realization of Whose we really are.
If we are to truly embrace these newly discovered attributes about ourselves, we must first embrace the storms that clear the path in order to reveal them to us. We have to make a way in order to see that there is always a way. There is always a path that we have yet to travel upon. Our perspective demands an upgrade when the operating system of our thoughts become outdated, antiquated and just plain old obsolete.
That perceived comfort zone was a fallacy unto everyone, especially yourself. Uncover your attributes while in the storms of Life. Discover a new path and dare to walk it. Be bold enough to immerse yourself in something that you know nothing about. Trust yourself to trust the process and digress no more as you continue to open up new doors. Walk through them with confidence. Experience them as if you've been there before. Love every second of every minute of every hour of every day of every month of every year of every decade of every Life...that is renewed while in the storms of "Life."
In Jesus Name!
Heavenly Father. King Jesus. Holy Spirit. Smile. Love. Always. And Still. Exactly Who God Says I Am. Corey A. Ford
I do not pass judgment on another person. The fact of the matter is that we all fall short of the Glory of God. We all fall short of the Glory of God (Romans 3:23).
With that said, it is rather troublesome that people that claim to know the Word of God, use their personal platforms to spew and pass judgement against someone as if they are not part of the "all," that falls short of the Glory of God.
Hence my two points:
"Do not judge, or you too will be judged." (Matthew 7:1 NIV)
"For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you."
(Matthew 7:2 NIV)
When Jesus walked the face of the earth as a man, each and every person was greater than less than in His magnificent presence. However, through an impeccable sense of humility and the need to fulfill the will of His Heavenly Father, He came to serve man. In doing so, He did so with Love, Compassion, Love, Forgiveness, Love, Healing, Love, Reconciliation, Love, Restoration, Love, Excellence, Love, Peace, Love, Truth, Love, Hope, Love, Faith, Love, Courage, Love, Character, Love, Selflessness, Love, Joy, Love, Teaching, Love, Sacrifice, Love….He accomplished everything in Love.
The Man who knew no sin, dwelt amongst the "all," that fall short of the Glory of God. With no personal agenda outside of the Will of God, His obedience, even to death, is why we are able to be reconciled unto our Heavenly Father.
In the book of John Chapter 4, Jesus intentionally traveled through Samaria. He already knew that He would happen upon the woman at the well. The same woman that was married 5 times and with yet another man that was not her husband. By societal standards she was considered less than as a Samaritan since Jews did not associate with her kind. However, Jesus knowingly encountered her and began to speak of her life, and speaking Life into her, without passing judgement. He encouraged her to drink of the "living water," so that she may never thirst again. She was the first person that Jesus revealed Himself to as the Messiah, this less than woman. He went on to stay with the people in the town of Sychar for two days. Through His Loving kindness, the town became believers in Him as the Savior of the world.
The talk of intolerance as it relates to sin is a form of judgment that we (all falling short of the Glory of God), are not entitled to. We are not to pass judgment against anyone for anything, lest we too be judged by the same measure in which we have passed judgment. Your sin is not less than because you deem it be so. Your sin is not less than because it is held privately. Your sin is sin, irrespective of the illogical justification that you encase your sin in.
The Bible is not ambiguous with what it outlines as sin. However, "Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us." (Romans 8:34 NIV)
God charges us to Love one another.
"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another."
John 13:34 NIV
"My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you."
John 15:12 NIV
"This is my command: Love each other."
John 15:17 NIV
"The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith."
1 Timothy 1:5 NIV
Each of these verses have peripheral scriptures that provide greater context as it relates to the Word of God. Irrespective of what we claim to know, the Word of God does not encourage, suggest or instruct us to judge one another. It actually advises us to be the antithesis of passing judgement.
Passing judgement publicly does not exonerate you from receiving judgement privately. The things that we say and/or do that no one knows about do not fall upon the deaf ears or the blind eyes of an omnipotent God.
Lastly, stop consuming what you have allowed others to chew for you. Chew what you consume and stop with the vicarious existence as it relates to the Word of God. "Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him." (Psalm 34:8 NIV)
If the One who knew no sin, greater than everything, can speak Life into the woman at the well, then surely, we can live out the example of His Love and make an amazingly exponential difference within the world. Through Love and Love alone, we can accomplish many great things without the need to pass judgment. Just Love and allow the Love within you to speak of the goodness of the Lord, minus the personal agendas that have nothing to do with the Word of God. Through Love, we can change things the same way that Jesus did with the woman at the well, by speaking Life about His "living water," and not our personal opinions and doctrines as if we are Him, especially since we "all" fall short of the Glory of God.
Any and all Loving respect that I have for women had origins from the tutelage of my Loving Mother. I am grateful that she planted that seed in me way before I ever knew that she did or what she was doing.
Whenever there is a woman in any type of proximity to me and the opportunity to hold the door presents itself, innately, I know what to do. Upon entering into an establishment where there is a line for service upon entry, whomever I have held the door for, then suggests that I go before them. Therein lies the problem!
Women, Please Stop!
I implore you to let a gentleman be a gentleman. And men, should you find yourself in this position, pass the test, by allowing the lady to keep her position, irrespective of the fact that you just held the door for her and otherwise might be "one" person ahead of her.
And ladies, you do not "owe" a gentleman ANYTHING if he holds the door for you. Keep stepping and get in line. Perhaps that gentleman had a good Mother too. Perhaps he recognizes you as such and that is his way of acknowledging your much needed presence in this world.
Men, if you're not holding the door for a lady that you know or even one that you do not know, then step it up! You would probably appreciate someone holding the door for your Mother and allowing her to keep her place in line, without her feeling like she has to return the favor or that she "owes" you anything.
Somewhere along the line, things got twisted. However, perhaps this can be the catalyst to set things straight.
If you find this offensive, then it pertains to you. Even though it's not Friday, feel free to unfriend me.
And by the way, whether you realize it or not, she will always remember the gesture and the Smiling face that demonstrated such a Loving act, of you holding the door.
Against the ropes, absorbing numerous body shots and blows, still standing, coherently aware of my surroundings. There is no referee in sight and my alleged opponent that should be standing before me is a fallacy to the nth degree. I refuse to rest on the canvas, not in fear of not being able to rise again, but because of the abundance of knowledge that the canvas is not where I rightfully belong. I will not rest where I do not belong, thus making it a place of residence, either temporary or permanent. I am Victorious in Christ Jesus! I claimed that Name and the body shots and blows came in ferocious fashion, aiming to decapitate my existence. However, I refuse to keep the company of the canvas, for it is beneath me, my feet, both literally and figuratively. I will not rest where I do not belong! I cannot quit the fight and I adamantly refuse to throw in the towel. The weapons formed, however, they did not prosper. Thanks be to God! My training camp consisted of actual combat in the form of on the job training. I have been beaten up, innocently punished and left for dead. However, I am coherent, aware, battle tested and prepared. I count it ALL Joy! I am “Not Defeated!” “Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.” James 1:2-4 NLT Heavenly Father King Jesus Christ Holy Spirit Smile And Love Always All The Best, All The Time And Still, Exactly Who God Says I Am Corey A. Ford
"If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. Remember what I told you: 'A servant is not greater than his master.' If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also."
Unchallenged Faith does not know what it is truly made of. The mind can and will have you believe that Faith is just a 5 letter word with no weight behind it. However, Faith is worth it’s weight in gold, with a value that will not decrease, so long as you continue to adequately invest in it, without ever withdrawing or unplugging from the Source. It is through those challenges that we come to the understanding that Unchallenged Faith is just that, unchallenged and without its proper and due respect should it go and remain unchallenged. Let your Faith speak to the adversity that challenges your Faith, knowing that adversity is in a fixed fight and knows the might in which your Faith is connected to and invested by. The exercise of Faith is not one in futility or for naught. Adversity and challenges have been brought to you in order to strengthen you by way of your Faith, irrespective of the presence of adversity or challenges. The expiration date of adversity and challenges coincides with the freshness of your Faith. Fresh Faith never expires in it’s constant state of renewing replenishment. God allows adversity and challenges to come our way for many different reasons. If breath still flows through our lungs, the Purpose of these lessons will be both revealed and utilized to the full extent of their capability with absolute certainty, minus the vulnerability that would have you believe that Faith is just that 5 letter word. It’s weight in gold is non-negotiable and the value does not rescind its initial offering, ever. Prepare yourself to pass the test of Faith with flying colors. Focus not on your challenges or the adversity. They have a Purpose and that Purpose has everything to do with revealing just how strong you are when you cling to nothing but your Faith. That is the place where you will encounter The Lord and experience His Presence like never before. Today’s test is tomorrow’s Testimony! Faith...worth it’s weight in gold! Heavenly Father King Jesus Christ Holy Spirit Smile And Love Always All The Best, All The Time And Still Exactly Who God Says I Am Corey A. Ford
In a world that is constantly yearning for direction, I know in my Heart of Hearts, that Love is the only way. Love is the only solution for any and all problems that befall us, attempt to confuse us, having us believe that Love is a nanoscopic figment of an illogical imagination, with no sense of creativity. I strongly beg to differ as I reflect, on a daily basis, the obedience to death that was performed on The Cross, first demonstrating the Power of Love. To die and be Resurrected again, defeating death a thousand times over, in the face of every adversity thrust in the path, trying to confuse the Purpose at hand, which wound up with "Nails in His Feet and His Hands," to do as the Will of the Heavenly Father wrote it to be. No greater Love could ever be demonstrated, yet the world finds itself requiring more in the name of love, the same type of love, that knows not the origins of the true meaning of Love. Jesus Christ qualified and quantified His Love for me and that shall always be sufficient. I require not, since He Qualified Love. I require not, since He Quantified Love. I Love, because He first Loved. My only Role Model for how to Love in a world that knows not the only meaning of true Love. In a world that is constantly yearning for direction, I know in my Heart of Hearts, that Love is the only way. In the Mighty Name of Jesus, I Pray. Amen! Smile And Love Always!!! Heavenly Father King Jesus Christ Holy Spirit Smile And Love Always All The Best, All The Time And Still ExactlyWho God Says I Am Corey A. Ford
When you “Walk In Love” you might be inclined to listen out for familiar footsteps before coming to the conclusion that no such familiarity exists. It is not that they do not exist at all, it just might be the season or chapter that you are currently in where they cannot be heard. I have come to discover that it is vitally important to find what you are seeking and looking for within yourself first, before you begin to seek and find it elsewhere, outside of you. This will come into heavy play when you find yourself by yourself and your mind will have you believing that you are alone, undesirable, not friendly enough, not pretty enough, not smart enough, not attractive enough, not funny enough, not this, not that, and the list goes on and on, should you allow it to. During this season, God is grooming you to be reliant upon the only consistency this world will ever come to know, Him. We cannot seek out permanency within a temporal world and then turn around and wonder why the temporary did not translate into something permanent, when permanency cannot be derived from anything that is temporal. What lasts for all eternity is the brilliancy of The Lord, irrespective of the season or chapter of Life that we find ourselves in. When we come to a better understanding of what it means to Love and to be Loved from God to us and us back unto God, we can then begin to appreciate where we are and what we are doing while we are there, for however long God has us there, doing His thing, whilst grooming us for who He needs for us to be. I have made the Holy Spirit Conscious Decision to continue to excel in Excellence and be the absolute best version of Corey, exactly right where I am. Becoming what you want takes time, acknowledgment, preparation and submission in order for that to come to fruition. The need to get into agreement with God and align yourself with His Plan for your Life is as paramount as breathing. We cannot survive if we cannot breathe. We cannot become if we are looking for all things permanent in a temporal place, that has not the knowledge of what it means to be permanent. I would not want my lawyer to operate on me in an operating room and I surely would not like for my doctor to represent me in a court of law. So, stop searching for anything permanent in a temporary space. And do not expect anything temporary to adequately represent the permanency that you seek. Continue to “Walk In Love.” The first set of footsteps that you will hear, will be those of your own. Smile And Love Always!!! Heavenly Father King Jesus Christ Holy Spirit Smile And Love Always All The Best, All The Time And Still Exactly Who God Says I Am Corey A. Ford
Oft times the struggle to hold onto and maintain one's Faith can seemingly be an overwhelming task. Red Flag! That is a crystal clear indication that the focus is on the problem and not the solution that is Jesus Christ. The struggles already have a solution affixed to them. The visibility in the solution is not something that can be multi-tasked, simultaneously looking at the problem, while trying to focus on the solution. God is a jealous God and does not share in “His” Glory. The Glory that is God does not compromise its standing in the world that He first breathed Life into. In other words, there is no Life in our struggles, unless we first breathe said life into them. We have not the authority to breathe Life into anything. Rather, we should be focused squarely on the Lord and the “Breath of Life” that He has not only Promised to us, but delivered in His actions. Faith without works is dead (James 2:17). If God has not breathed Life into it, birth can only be attributed to the breath that we subconsciously breathe into our very own struggles, trying to bring them into existence. And we do not have the authority in which to do so. There is Life and death in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21) and the words that emanate from our lips should be tasted before they return the same bitterness back unto us. Bitter words speak life into defeat. We are only defeated by our own thoughts and subsequent actions. Rather, speak abundant Life into yourself and for yourself. Focus on the solution, thus becoming solution-oriented, not making a direct path in the direction of defeat. Your words of Faith demonstrate your actions and support the Word of God as stated in the second chapter of James. Faith without works is dead. Revive your Faith with the follow-up actions of Belief, living a Life of Victory. Speak defeat and you will be defeated! Speak abundance and you will live an abundant Life, lacking nothing. Talking to God and not your struggles will make way for the impartation of the affixed solution that could not be seen due to our focus on the wrong thing. With the right focus, we arrive at the only solution. Give your struggles to God and struggle no more. What you do and how you do it will always reveal “Your Level Of Faith.” Focused on The Lord! Smile And Love Always!!! Heavenly Father King Jesus Christ Holy Spirit Smile And Love Always All The Best, All The Time And Still Exactly Who God Says I am Corey A. Ford
Everything that comes your way, is not here to stay. The difficulties, challenges, obstacles and even resistance are meant to mold you into the Purpose that God has for you. The season that you find yourself in has a direct correlation to the Growth that is needed in order to promote you from within. Within the alignment of God’s Master Plan for your Life. We are required to have the necessary skill set in order to be proficient in what God would have us to do. There is no difference in having the right skill set when applying for a job. Your resume gets you in the door and your ability to perform, keeps you there. Reciprocally, the way in which we live and lead our lives represents the skill set that is needed in order to adequately and properly represent the Kingdom of God. Being a novice is akin to living Life without God’s Magnificent Presence. However, when we become versed in and “Stay In Faith,” this allows for our Heavenly Father to promote us within His Plan and we can then begin to realize that our plans were entirely too small for Him to even consider. Hence the reason why the difficulties, challenges, obstacles and even resistance come our way. However, everything that comes your way, is not here to stay. We should however, “Stay In Faith.” Smile And Love Always! Heavenly Father King Jesus Christ Holy Spirit Smile And Love Always All The Best, All The Time And Still Exactly Who God Says I Am Corey A. Ford
That shimmering cloud of Joy that surrounds the physical presence of Believers is the undeniable Presence of The Lord. The attraction is beyond what the logical mind can comprehend and extends beyond the limitations of human eyesight. People become drawn to what they think is you. However, they are actually drawn to the Greatness of The Lord that resides within you. The unmistakable reality of the Presence of God Almighty resides in the fact that even unBelievers are drawn to the light that illuminates from within you. God has a way of showing up in ways where His Presence cannot be denied, irrespective of where your belief system resides. UnBelievers generally do not believe because they have no scientific proof of the Presence of God, until God does what only God can do and show up in the presence of you. They won’t believe it otherwise and oft times mistake their attraction of and for you, as something other than what it actually is. It’s all God! “Glowing With God’s Glory” is His way and demonstration of shining a light so brightly for the world to see, so that the undeniability factor is itself denied to everything else, except Belief. The transformation of the mind to accept the Glory of God is another task at hand. However, the seed has been planted. Moving forward in the light of Jesus Christ, in a constant state of Kingdom Representation, allows the growth of the seed to one day take root and start branching off in the former areas of unBelief to a state of disBelief, with the ultimate and inevitable goal of becoming a Believer in Jesus Christ. To God Be the Amazing Glory! May we Grow to Love Glowing in His Glory with the same Resurrection Power that did not conclude His story. Keep “Glowing With God’s Glory!” Smile And Love Always!